Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Vegetables and other Esculents

Vegetables, with very few exceptions, were not included in the Camden Park catalogues. Gardening notebooks contain a wealth of information on the vegetables grown and this will be progressively added to the Hortus.

Rosmarinus officinalis L.

Hardy evergreen shrub with downy shoots and opposite, narrow, lance-shaped leaves, dark above and pale beneath.  The pale violet flowers are borne in the leaf axils of the previous years growth.  To 2m.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Saccharum officinarum L.

Tall grass with dark green leaves.  To 3m.  An important economic crop, the source of cane sugar.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Salvia officinalis L.

Fully hardy, erect perennial sub-shrub with oblong, grey-green, woolly, aromatic leaves and terminal or axillary racemes of lilac-blue flowers.  To 80cm, spreading.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Vanilla planifolia Andr.

Frost-tender, climbing, vine-like orchid, reaching a large size, with fleshy stems and leaves and aerial roots arising from each stem node, with short, axillary racemes of up to 20, fragrant, whitish-green to yellow flowers in summer.  Vanilla pods are harvested from several Vanilla species, the most important being planifolia.  They are grown on support shrubs and trees throughout the tropics.  The name aromatica suggests one of these species, most probably planifolia.  [RHSD, Hortus].

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